Sources: Bills contact Shanahan
One day after firing Dick Jauron, the Buffalo Bills have wasted no time identifying a potential replacement.
Buffalo has contacted and is in the process of arranging a meeting with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, according to two NFL sources.
Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Broncos, is said to be willing to listen to the Bills. He has said in the past that he is determined to return to the NFL next season.
While Shanahan is viewed within the Bills' organization as a desired candidate, there are other names at or near the top of the team's wish list.
For now, the Bills have appointed defensive coordinator Perry Fewell as interim head coach. Fewell is well-respected within the organization and will be given every opportunity to earn the full-time job.
The Bills also will investigate options expected to include Florida Tuskers coach Jim Haslett and New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, both of whom have ties to the Bills.
Haslett played linebacker for Buffalo from 1979 to 1985. Gilbride was the Bills' offensive coordinator during 2002-03, when quarterback Drew Bledsoe had his most productive seasons with the team.
Another candidate on the Bills' radar is Marc Trestman, coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, who posted a CFL-best 15-3 regular-season record and are one win from the Grey Cup final. Ironically, Trestman once succeeded Shanahan as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.
Adam Schefter is an ESPN NFL Insider.